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Alice Paul House
Vision, Mission and/or Purpose of Organization
The mission of Alice Paul House is to promote awareness of domestic violence, sexual assault, and victimization in our community through primary prevention and educational programs; to assist and empower all victims of crime; and to provide safety to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
800.435.7249 - Hotline
724.349.5744 - Administration
724.349.4444 - Hotline
Provides services to victims/significant others of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Other Crimes, and Victims of Juvenile Offenders
24-Hour Crisis Hotline: Provides around the clock support and guidance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to include weekends and holidays. Victim/survivors will receive support from a trained crisis intervention advocate or volunteer who is certified through our crisis intervention training.
Safety Planning: Serves as a primary intervention tool when working with victims/survivors, their children, and significant others. This includes steps and options for increasing the safety of victims/survivors and preparing in advance for the possibility of future victimization.
24-Hour On-Call Advocacy: Offers victims/survivors with a skilled advocate at any hour to respond to legal, medical, and various community facilities. An advocate provides information and intervention services to victims/survivors and their significant others.
Emergency Shelter: Offers specialized short-term emergency shelter and victimization support services for victims/survivors and members of their families when in of safety. Service available to adult victims and their children, 18 years of age and under.
Legal Advocacy: Victim Advocates provide in person, non-judgmental support in a legal setting. The advocates are responsible for providing the necessary information to the victims/survivors about the legal system when making critical decision. They also ensure that the victims'/survivors' rights are upheld throughout the process and provide explanation of the legal ramifications.
Protection from Abuse Orders (PFA): The PFA order is granted from the court to provide protective "relief" to adult victims and/or children for up to three years. Victim Advocates provide support to the victims/survivors while filing the PFA. They also ensure that the victims'/survivors' rights are upheld throughout the process and provide explanation of the legal ramifications.
Sexual Violence Protection Order (SVPO)/ Protection form Intimidation (PFI) Order: SVPO's are granted from the court to provide protective "relief" to adult victims/survivors and/or children for up to three years. The PFI is granted from the court to provide "relief" to minor victims/survivors with defendants 18 years of age or older, for up to three years. Victim Advocates support the victims/survivors while filing these orders. They also ensure that the victims'/survivors' rights are upheld throughout the process and provide explanation of the legal ramifications.
Medial Advocacy: Victim Advocates provide in person, non-judgmental support in a medical setting. They are responsible for providing the necessary information and explanation to the victims/survivors about the medical system when making critical decisions. They also ensure that the victims'/survivors' rights are upheld throughout the process.
Victim Compensation Assistance Program: Victim Advocates support victims/survivors and their eligible family members by providing information and assistance to ease the financial burdens they may fave as a result of a crime.
Individual Empowerment Counseling: Counselor Advocates provide interventions that are action focused, client-centered, and trauma informed. This interaction occurs one-on-one between a trained advocate and victims/survivors or their significant others. This interaction is available to both adult and child victims/survivors, and focuses on understanding the complexities and effects of victimization. They also assist with exploring options and ways to implement strategies to overcome obstacles.
Group Empowerment Counseling: Counselor Advocates provide interventions that are action focused, client-centered, and trauma informed. This interaction occurs between a trained advocate and two or more victims/survivors and/or significant others in an informal, confidential setting. The group encourages participants to build rapport and mutual respect. This gives them the opportunity to reduce isolation and become empowered.
Prevention Education: Education Advocates provide strategies to prevent victimization by focusing on conditions that reduce violence. Primary prevention refers to behavior change. Therefore, strategies move beyond knowledge and awareness to include opportunities for audiences to learn, practice, and adopt skills and behavior changes that create environments and cultures free from violence.
Education/Community Awareness: Education Advocates offer one time, educational/community awareness programs designed to raise an understanding of violence and victimization in our community. These programs can occur in either an academic, professional, or community setting.
Crisis Intervention Volunteer Training: Education Advocates provide an 80-hour crisis intervention training that is action focused, client-centered and trauma informed. This provides individuals with para-professional counseling skills to support victims/survivors when they are faced with crisis situations.
Empowerment Counseling Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention Victims of Other Crimes Victim of Juvenile Offender
24-hours a day assistance 365 days a year
Fees/Cost for Services
All services are free and confidential
Any victim of domestic violence, sexual assault,other crime and victims of juvenile offenders.
Volunteers are used to provide crisis intervention through our 24-hour crisis hotline as well as in person contact